Thursday, October 15, 2009
Once Upon a Marigold (audio)
It was a very cute book aimed at the younger set (grade 5-9). I liked it a lot, but I would have loved it when I was 10! Christian runs away from his family when he is seven and lives with a troll who at first is not too happy about it but grows to love Christian like a son. When Christian is around 18, he begins to P-mail (that's pigeon mail) with the princess who lives across the river and they become best friends. When he becomes a servant at the castle and discovers a nefarious plot, he runs right into trouble to save Marigold and her father.
Once Upon a Marigold is not based on any fairy tales, but is definitely a fairy tale in its own right. It's a very sweet story with lots of fun elements including trolls, giants, evil mothers, magic and a curse. The ending's a bit of a cop-out but it sets up the sequel.